The Compassion Fund is the largest source of direct and timely financial assistance for people struggling to make ends meet in our community. Many are so financially unstable that they are often one paycheck away from being out of their homes. It takes just one crisis for things to spiral out of control.
Our Compassion Fund social workers work one-on-one with individuals and families in a short-term crisis to ensure that their most basic needs of safety and security are met. Direct service includes help paying a utility bill to prevent a shut off, a rent payment to prevent eviction, and other emergency and urgent needs that help stabilize the crisis. Relief funds and case management are also available to support those affected by fire, flood or natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tropical storms. When the immediate crisis is stabilized, we connect individuals to 2-1-1’s network of resources to help them rebuild.
“For me it was mentally and emotionally critical to have someone step up and say, Marge, it’s gonna be okay. We will take care of this. It took the pressure off and made me feel like, I’m not ready to give up- I can do this.”